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16 True Crime Stories That Would Make Great TV Shows

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A list of 16 fascinating real-life cases that ought to be considered for their own true crime anthology series.

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- Alberto Achar

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Ted Danson is Sneakily Reinventing Himself on ‘The Good Place’

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At the start of Chapter 18 of “The Good Place,” Ted Danson’s Michael — the architect of a human torture chamber who’s recently switched sides in an attempt to help his former captives — laments how his new bosses are running The Bad Place.

“It really tucks my nuggets,” he says. “I worked so hard on my torture ideas, and theirs are so basic. These millennials, they have no work ethic.”

When Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto), who are both around the millennial age, give him a puzzled look, he continues. “Oh sorry, a millennial is someone who has only been torturing people for a thousand years.”

But the pun-like wordplay above sparked a troubling thought. Considering the middling “Good Place” ratings and the recent history of its star…

Do real millennials not get Ted Danson?

Now, to be fair, “The Good Place” ratings aren’t bad. In fact, »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Walking Dead’: AMC Launches Online Campaign to Make Season 8 Available on Hulu

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If AMC has your email address, you might have gotten a strange message on Thursday evening, warning you that if you want to watch “The Walking Dead” this Sunday night, you can watch it “everywhere” — except Hulu.

The message came with a link to the website wheretowatchtwd.com, but the site is not a viewing guide to your options for the upcoming Season 8 premiere (which also happens to be the 100th episode). Instead, it’s a form asking Hulu customers to enter their information: “To ensure you don’t miss the new season of the biggest show on TV, let Hulu know you want The Walking Dead!”

The campaign is most likely related to Hulu’s live TV streaming offering. That service includes major channels from almost every conglomerate, including Disney/ABC, NBCUniversal, CBS, 21st Century Fox, and Turner. But missing from that package: AMC Networks’ channels, which include AMC, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Lupita Nyong’o: Harvey Weinstein Tried to Massage Me in His Bedroom

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Lupita Nyong’o is the latest woman to come out against Harvey Weinstein with allegations of sexual harassment. The Oscar winner wrote an op-ed for The New York Times that detailed her personal experience with Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior, including a chilling incident where he asked to screen a film for her at his home.

Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage,” she wrote. “I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times.”

Despite more grim recollections of her time spent with him, her essay ends with a call to action to “ensure that »


- William Earl

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‘Susanne Bartsch: On Top’ Review: Behind the Gay Nightlife Queen Who ‘Picked Up Where Warhol Left Off’

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Susanne Bartsch picked up where [Andy] Warhol left off,” RuPaul Charles says of his friend, the woman he says set him down the path to become Supermodel of the World. He’s not the only one: Performance artist Joey Arias credits Bartsch with encouraging him to try drag, transgender pioneer Flawless Sabrina speaks of her in the same breath as Warhol, and fashion historians trace London style’s expansion to New York and Tokyo in the ’80s to Bartsch.

As for the woman herself, she’s still throwing parties.

While dressing for one of her fabled Tuesday night parties at Meatpacking district club Le Bain, Bartsch was fretting over the colors for one of her outstanding looks: “It’s not really pink,” she says. “I mean, I know it’s pink, but it’s not a pink that I feel pink in.”

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- Jude Dry

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: How VFX Masters Replicated Sean Young as Rachael

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One of the great surprises of “Blade Runner 2049” was a stunning CG recreation of the Rachael replicant played by Sean Young in the original movie. The two-minute sequence brings an emotionally stirring reunion with Harrison Ford’s Deckard that required technical virtuosity and subtle performance. This major step in digital human animation should be rewarded with a VFX Oscar nomination.

Body double Loren Peta played the young Rachael (in costume, makeup, and with dotted face) and performed on set with Ford and Jared Leto (as replicant manufacturer Wallace). She was directed by Denis Villeneuve, with Young on set as well for reference. The goal was to merge the two into a perfect replica.

Facial Capture on a Secret Saturday

“Denis really liked Loren’s performance when it was cut together, but part of our plan was to do a facial capture of Loren and Sean,” said Oscar-winning production visual »


- Bill Desowitz

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Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

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Quentin Tarantino is speaking out about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal to The New York Times, and the celebrated director admits to knowing about the rumors involving Weinstein’s behavior. More than 40 women have accused the former head of The Weinstein Company of sexual harassment and abuse, including Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow. Tarantino first commented on the allegations in a tweet posted by Amber Tamblyn, in which he said he was “stunned” and “heartbroken” and would need a couple days to “process his emotions.”

Read More:  Quentin Tarantino Breaks Silence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’ve Been Stunned and Heartbroken’

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino tells The New York Times in a new interview. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I wish I »


- Zack Sharf

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The Wes Anderson-Inspired Airbnb Costs Around $200 Per Night, So Book a Trip to Ontario Asap

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Wes Anderson fans traveling to Ontario, Canada have a new destination where they need to stay. Introducing Mr. Anderson’s House, a two-bedroom Airbnb house located in Prince Edward County where every single room is devoted to a different Wes Anderson movie. The house is listed at approximately $186 per weeknight and $206 per weekend night and comes with free wi-fi. The home sleeps four people and has ample backyard space, including a fenced-in yard, a large deck, and a BBQ.

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The official Airbnb description for the home reads: “Each room in this home is themed after a different film in director Wes Anderson’s repertoire, some more subtly than others. This house is a love letter to him, and an ever-evolving design project. Mr. Anderson’s House is a century home in the wine and culture-rich County of Prince Edward. It »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Princess Cyd’ Trailer: An Entertaining Coming-of-Age Tale About Fluid Teen Sexuality

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Too often, the nuances of female desire and exploration are painted with broad strokes by filmmakers of all stripes, but especially male ones. Which is why Stephen Cone’s beautifully rendered portrait of one teen’s innocent romantic experiments comes as such a delightful surprise. But there is more at play in “Princess Cyd,” which also explores a middle-aged woman’s relationship to her sexuality in equally delicate measures. The relationship between the two women is the film’s major driving force, which is apparent in the first trailer for the engaging and understated film.

Princess Cyd” follows 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin (Jessie Pinnick) over a summer visit to her novelist aunt (Rebecca Spence) in Chicago. Estranged since the death of Cyd’s mother, Miranda and Cyd gently dance around each other as they re-establish an adult relationship. Meanwhile, Cyd seeks guidance during her dalliance with cute neighborhood barista Katie »


- Jude Dry

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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Will Close AFI Fest

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AFI Fest has confirmed that Getty kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” (December 8, Sony) starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Kevin Spacey, will close the festival on November 16 accompanied by a tribute to veteran director Ridley Scott. The AFI Fest often launches late-breaking movies such as “Selma” and “American Sniper” into the Oscar race.

“For five decades, Ridley Scott’s tremendous visions of cities, new worlds, histories and science have transformed and influenced not only film, but our culture,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest Director. “We’re honored to be celebrating the artistry of a director whose work has had an indelible influence on cinema culture, and the lexicon of visual style.”

Three-time Oscar directing nominee Scott (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Thelma & Louise”) earned a fourth Oscar nomination for producing “The Martian.”

His latest, “All the Money in the World,” is adapted by David Scarpa from the book »


- Anne Thompson

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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’

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Looking for a good read this fall? Skip a book and try a screenplay instead. Script Reader Pro has put together an incredible collection of 50 screenplays you can download right now for free. The database is categorized into five genres — drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action/adventure — and includes 10 films per genre. Scripts featured include classics like “Alien” and “Reservoir Dogs” and contemporary favorites like “It Follows,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Bridesmaids.”

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For aspiring screenwriters, the collection provides a masterclass in learning the ins and outs of writing for the big screen from masters such as Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Oscar-winning screenplays for “Lost in Translation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “No Country for Old Men” are also available.

Click here to visit Script Reader Pro, where you can download all the screenplays for free. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Mindhunter’: The Lack of On-Screen Violence Makes the Serial Killer Drama Even More Unsettling

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Season 1 of Netflix’s “Mindhunter” begins and ends with an confounding pair of bookends: The series’ opening sequence closes with a hostage-taker shooting himself in the head, while the ending view we get of Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) shows him in a cold sweat on the floor of a prison hospital. Among the many questions of human behavior the show addresses in its opening batch of episodes, maybe the biggest is how one man can be so calm in the wake of watching a horrific suicide and be so affected by a single hug.

The answer might lie in the season-long effort to reframe the way audiences think about violence on a crime show. Apart from that grisly opening, we don’t actually see any on-screen killings, only descriptions filtered through a photograph or someone’s firsthand account. As Ford, Bill Tanch (Holt McCallany), and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv »


- Steve Greene

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Gotham Awards Analysis: ‘Get Out’ Is a Serious Awards Season Contender, ‘Wonder Wheel’ Is Shut Out, and More

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The Gotham Awards aren’t exactly Oscar prognosticators, but a nomination builds early momentum for the long haul ahead; being left out at this stage is not good. Jordan Peele’s box-office hit “Get Out,” which led the field with four nominations (read full nominations list here), affirmed its status as a serious player. So did three hot fall festival contenders that received three nominations each: Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), both upcoming, and Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” (A24), which is now in limited release.

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Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” landed a special jury prize for ensemble performance. That’s significant, because while the Netflix Sundance pickup played well at festivals, its large and superb cast, much like Best Picture winner “Spotlight, »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Jungle’ Review: Harry Potter Meets Werner Herzog in a Feverish Survival Story

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In the years since hanging up his quidditch broom, Daniel Radcliffe has blazed a surprisingly adventurous trail, devoting himself to risky projects that stray far from the beaten path, some of them quite literally. For the second time in the last 18 months, the former “Harry Potter” star has wandered off into the wilderness, following the miraculously inventive “Swiss Army Man” with a true-life survival story about a restless Israeli kid who wound up stranded by himself in an uncharted stretch of the Amazon. And while “Jungle” glaringly lacks the flair and depth of feeling that defined Radcliffe’s previous stroll through the great outdoors, it’s somehow even more disgusting than “Swiss Army Man,” a movie in which the actor plays a corpse whose farts are so explosive that they propel his body across the surface of the ocean like a jet ski.

“I was desperate to escape the well-worn path, »


- David Ehrlich

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David Fincher Reveals ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Storyline

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David Fincher’s new serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has only been available to stream for a couple days now, but it’s already turned into the latest must-binge Netflix offering. The series is based on John E. Douglas’ true-crime book

“Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” and stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as FBI criminal profilers who interview some of the most notorious serial killers in history to understand what it is that makes criminals commit violent acts.

Netflix has already renewed “Mindhunter” for Season 2, and Fincher knows exactly where the story will be heading in the next round of episodes. Speaking to Billboard about the use of music in the 10-episode first season, Fincher let it slip that Season 2 will be tackling the Atlanta child murders that rocked the nation between 1979 and 1981.

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- Zack Sharf

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‘Bellevue’ Trailer: Anna Paquin Learns the Hard Way That Small-Town America Is Full of Murder and Mystery — Watch

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Bellevue” is set in small-town America, which is another way of saying it’s a gritty murder mystery. Anna Paquin stars in the upcoming series, which she executive produced alongside co-creators and showrunners Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell. Wgn America has just released the trailer, which you can watch below if you feel so inclined.

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Here’s the synopsis: “Twenty years ago, the murder of a young woman traumatized the community of “Bellevue.” Now, the killer is back. Or is he/she? When a high school hockey star, who is wrestling with his gender identity, goes missing and all signs point to foul play, Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin) must unravel all the pieces to this gripping mystery before her own life falls apart. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ Set for Awards Qualifying Run This December

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Coming off strong showings at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals, Nancy Buirski’s Augusta Films has set an awards-qualifying run for the filmmaker’s new documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor.” The film, which debuted at Venice last month and went on to screen at Nyff, will open in New York and Los Angeles this December to qualify for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

In a statement, Buirski said, “We were stunned by reviews that not only recognized the hidden story of black women physically abused in Jim Crow South, but by how powerfully our film resonates today. From a president who gropes women to white supremacy in Charlottesville to women who courageously speak up against predatory celebrities and mogals, this film is smack in the public square. Though we’re throwing our hat in the ring late, we felt this coud not wait! An Academy »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Stranger Things’: Gaten Matarazzo Prepares You for Season 2 by Breathlessly Recapping What’s Happened So Far — Watch

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Barb and Eleven may have inspired more widespread cults of personality, but the true emotional center of “Stranger Things” was always Dustin. Now the actor who portrays that kindhearted kiddo, one Gaten Matarazzo, has taken it upon himself to recap the hit Netflix drama’s first season for the increasingly essential Teen Vogue in order to further hype up fans for the imminent release of season two. Watch below.

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Employing the use of several props/clues — a badge, Christmas lights, even an Eggo — to jog our memories, he free-associates his way through the events of the first season with a rapid-fire delivery that suggests Dustin’s diction isn’t entirely an act.

A representative example: “In a tree in the middle of the woods, there’s a small opening to the Upside Down, and Nancy, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Post-Credits Scenes: What They Are and What They Mean For the Rest of the McU

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In the grand scheme of Marvel Cinematic Universe post-credits scenes, the two sequences that close out Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” are relatively slim and mostly expected. (Remember when “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” had five of them? Those days are apparently already over.) But they still manage to pack in Waititi’s signature humor — one element that, according to early reviews, is among the best parts of the new McU feature — and a tantalizing hint as to what we can expect in from the rest of the so-called McU Phase Three, set to play out in five more films over the next two years.

(Spoilers ahead for both “Thor: Ragnarok” and its post-credits scenes.)

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Waititi’s film doesn’t shy away from the implications of its title: in Norse mythology — from which the »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Blue Velvet’ Makeup Supervisor Explains the Origins of David Lynch’s Iconic Severed Ear

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Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) returns to his hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina after his father suffers a stroke. While cutting through a vacant lot during a walk home from the hospital, he discovers a severed left ear in the grass. And so begins the mystery of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet.”

Jeff Goodwin was the makeup supervisor on the 1986 neo-noir masterpiece, and he looks back on the creation of that iconic ear in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Blue Velvet” sent Beaumont into an underworld populated by a seductive lounge singer and a sadomasochistic pimp, but his troubles all started with that bloody, detached ear.

“David and I approached it like a character in the film,” Goodwin tells Entertainment Weekly. “We actually called it Mr. Ear.”

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Before joining forces with Lynch, Goodwin »


- Zack Sharf

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